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Wolverhampton Home Improvement Service (WHIS)

If you live in and own your own home, WHIS can help with grants and loans for repairs and essential maintenance to your property. Eligibility criteria applies.

This service is dedicated to helping older people, people with disabilities, and vulnerable people to live in their own homes safely and comfortably.

We offer a one to one service which allows us to treat you as an individual. We assess your needs based on your current living and personal circumstances

Who can use the service

WHIS can provide a range of grants or loans if you are:

  • are a resident of Wolverhampton and
  • are aged over 60 and
  • are on income related benefits and
  • you are an owner occupier

Help available:

Financial assistance is based on the total value of the property. Currently this falls under two categories.

  • £0 - £500 through a non-repayable grant
  • £501 - £10,000 through a repayable grant (loan). A charge will be added to the property through a local land charge and the amount of the loan will be repaid in full on sale; change of ownership or demolition of the property.

We may also be able to help if you: 

  • receive DLA/PIP or ESA and
  • are on income related benefits and
  • you are an owner occupier

 

What the service offers 

We can:

  • provide grants or loans to remove hazards from your home, this can include electrical work, roofing, UPVC windows and doors.
  • offer a free handyperson Service handyperson service
  • offer free gas safety checks and repairs
  • provide the option for all works to be carried out by a trusted tradesman approved by Wolverhampton City Council
  • offer advice and support in adapting your home including Disabled Facilities Grants 
  • discuss housing options with you and help you to make choices about your housing needs such as downsizing or moving to another area
  • provide help and advice to keep you safe and secure at home
  • point you to other organisations, including charities, who could help you
  • visit you in your home to look at what improvements could be beneficial to you and advise on alarms and equipment
  • give advice and information on energy efficiency and work with you to make your home more energy efficient to reduce bills 
  • complete inspections after work has been carried out to ensure that you are happy with the service you have received
  • talk to you about any additional services that might be available to you
  • help you access our Children's Centre Service if you have children living at home under the age of 5 years old and need help with maintenance
  • support home owners suffering domestic violence abuse by carrying out minor safety repairs (delivered by The Haven).

 

Contact us

To discuss how we could help you please contact: